SIM­I­LAR­I­TIES STOP HERE, AU­THOR SAYS

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RE­PORTS liken­ing Prince Wil­liam’s wife Cather­ine to his mother, the late Princess Diana, are wrong, ac­cord­ing to the au­thor of the most fa­mous book writ­ten about Diana.

An­drew Mor­ton, who penned Diana: Her True Story and lifted the lid on her hus­band Prince Charles’ af­fec­tion for his mis­tress Camilla Parker Bowles, the late princess’ bu­limia and her sui­cide at­tempts, said Cather­ine was a very dif­fer­ent per­son.

“Poor old Kate has al­ways been com­pared with Diana,’’ he said. “She’s very dif­fer­ent. Her and Prince Wil­liam act much more as a team ( than Charles and Diana), and she mar­ried into the royal fam­ily a decade older than Diana did.

“She’s ef­fec­tively lived with Wil­liam for seven or eight years and she was in­tro­duced very gen­tly into the royal fam­ily, un­like Diana who was thrown in the deep end.’’

Mr Mor­ton is re­vis­ing his book, 25 years af­ter it was pub­lished, to mark the up­com­ing 20th an­niver­sary of Princess Diana’s tragic death in a car ac­ci­dent in Paris.

The tim­ing co­in­cides with Prince Wil­liam and Cather­ine’s five- day visit to Ger­many and Poland, which saw Cather­ine com­pared to Princess Diana.

Mr Mor­ton said that with Cather­ine there was “not the sense of drama”, adding that even her fash­ion choices were safer, opt­ing for “glossy, mid­dle- of- the- road glam­our”. >> Re­vised look at Diana’s dis­tress: P26- 27

CROWD PLEASERS: The late Princess Diana and ( be­low) Cather­ine, the Duchess of Cam­bridge.

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